Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cortnee Vas fights to Make a Cure Happen

Each year, Komen’s national series partner, New Balance honors one survivor who shows extraordinary strength and determination to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. This year’s Southeast Wisconsin Honorary Team New Balance member is Cortnee Vas.

At only 27-years-old, with no family history of breast cancer, Cortnee found a lump in her breast. With a medical background as a Walgreen’s pharmacist, she knew the importance of an early diagnosis for a better prognosis. Because of her young age, many doctors would not take a deeper look at the lump, but with persistence she eventually found a general surgeon who confirmed her fears.

Cortnee had cancer. Being young made it difficult for doctors to differentiate between healthy and cancerous tissue. Because of this, they were unable to get clean margins with a lumpectomy, which led Cortnee to opt for a double mastectomy with reconstruction.

During her diagnose, treatment and recovery, Cortnee found hope in the Susan G. Komen organization with the belief that strength and courage comes from the love and support of family and friends. To help raise funds to end this disease and to thank her supporters, Cortnee formed a Walgreens team with co-workers for the Race for the Cure.

Cortnee and the Walgreens team continue to support prevention and early detection efforts as a national series sponsor of the Race for the Cure® and through their Way to Well Commitment.™

"I will do everything in my power to end breast cancer forever." ~ Cortnee Vas, 2012 Southeast Wisconsin HTNB

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